Urgent: Bomb Threat E-Mail Scam
E-Mail scams have taken a nasty turn with scammers now sending bomb threats if a ransom demand is not met. For people not too familiar with e-mail scams, this threat could come as a real shock to the system provoking a very real emotional strain. In the emails we’ve seen, there have been ransom demands of up to $20,000USD to be paid in bitcoin. Failure to comply within the allotted timeframe will then cause the detonation of that bomb according to the e-mail.
Authorities around the world have been swift in responding to these bomb threats, but so far no threats have been found. The National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC) has advised not to contact the scammer nor to pay the ransom. This threat isn’t limited to the US. Australian, Canadian and New Zealand officials are also looking into the matter.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has advised to call your local police if you receive the threat. You can see their warning here.